Saturday Service Fun Day – 4 May

Service is central to all that we do at UNIS Ha Noi and so what better way to celebrate our commitment to a Better World than as a community!

Building on last year’s successful pilot event in May, we are organising two events this year and the second one is coming up on Saturday, 4 May.

The goal is for UNIS Hanoi students, parents, faculty, staff, our service partners and the wider Hanoi community to connect with each other through fun and meaningful service activities and we hope that you will join in.

On Saturday 4 May there will be a variety of service activities for you to choose from:

  • A visit to the Moon Bear/Asia Animals centre in Tam Dao
  • Keep Hanoi Clean (KHC) clean-up morning in Hoa Binh park organised by KHC Community group
  • Afternoon activities with blind students group including sports games, music and MS planned activity
  • Soccer and other sports activities with children from Thuy An Village
  • Activities with Huong La centre

Watch this space for more information and sign-up next week!

 

STEAMfest – Save The Date!

You are invited to…

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Students, staff, and parents are invited to share an activity or demonstration on STEAMfest. Email Sarah Schneider at sschneider@unishanoi.org by 18 April 2019 to sign up!

Who: UNIS Hanoi community
What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas including:

  • Local STEAM celebrity guest speakers
    1. Trang Tran: CEO & Founder of organic & sustainable agricultural company Fargreen
    2. Luong Trung Tien: Founder of creative science/ STEM channel called Táy Máy Tò Mò
  • Variety of demonstration booths and challenges
  • Underwater robot obstacle course
  • Lunch options provided for purchase

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)
When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org

#SustainableUNISHanoi

What’s happening?

UNIS Hanoi has partnered with Compass Education (CE) to be the first school in the world to take part in the CE School Sustainability Transformation!

What are we doing about it?

The UNIS Hanoi Sustainability Committee has been developing a planning & action cycle that focuses on systems thinking and effective change strategies for sustainability. This process empowers our school community to consider all areas in which we can have an impact on sustainability, and to prioritize initiatives that will have the greatest impact. Through this process, we have been able to develop our own holistic, systems integrated, schoolwide approach to sustainability. The committee is now developing realistic action plans that support our school’s mission and provide valuable feedback for future initiatives.

What can YOU do to help?

Interested in finding out about what we are doing? Want to get in on the action? Send a message to dfo@unishanoi.org

Give Blood – Give Life – Community Blood Drive

Dear UNIS Hanoi Family,

Giving blood can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

UNIS Hanoi is organising it’s annual community blood drive in collaboration with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday, April 18 from 8.30 – 12.00 / 13.15 – 17.30 in the B7 Community Room.

This event is open to the wider community to join.

We hope to make this event as convenient as possible, it only takes about 45 minutes to give blood and is an easy 3-step process:
1) Bring ID and Register
2) Take a blood test
3) Donate blood
Preparation for the Blood Donation:
– Please read the Basic Donation Information
– Fill out THIS FORM (a schedule will be sent to you).
– Bring ID to register
– Eat a light healthy meal 2 hours before donating blood
– Drink as much water as possible
Steps of the Blood Donation:
– Arrive between 8.30 – 11.15 or 13.15 – 17.30
– Complete registration form from NIHBT
– Medical examination (pulse, blood pressure, blood test)
– Wait 10-15 minutes for test results
– Donate blood 10 -15 minutes (250ml female, 350-450ml male)
– Refreshments, gifts and transportation allowance collection
What do you gain by donating blood?
– You save lives!
– Vietnamese donors are put on a donor database and are prioritized if a blood transfusion is needed
– 45,000VND transportation allowance (option to donate to Service Learning)
– Gift (option to donate to Service Learning)
Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!
School Health Centre (SHC@unishanoi.org)
Nurse Susan McComic (SMccomic@unishanoi.org)
Vietnamese Nurse Lan Anh (lvlanh@unishanoi.org)

Library Saturday Opening – Find out more…

Hello UNIS Hanoi parents –

The SCO and the UNIS Hanoi librarians, Monica and Deborah, are pleased to announce the opening of the main library on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:00pm. There has been great interest from all sectors of the UNIS Hanoi community to have a library that is accessible at times when families are on campus for weekend activities. The hard work of many people in our community has enabled this vision to become a reality and we’re very excited to finally be getting it off the ground.
Mark your calendars for our opening date on SATURDAY, APRIL 13!
In this initial phase, the library will be staffed by one UNIS staff and with the help of 1-2  parent volunteers. Sign up is now open for parent volunteers here. Sign up is for one-hour slots, but signing up for more than one hour is very much encouraged.
All parent volunteers will undergo a training with our wonderful librarians. The first training is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 8 at 9:00am in the library. If you cannot make the training, please contact ES librarian, Monica Mayer, to arrange a suitable time.
Even if you don’t have an exact date, but are interested in volunteering at some point, please plan to join the training. To get an idea of the number of parents who will attend the training, please RSVP here.
Thank you for supporting the UNIS Saturday library!

Our Alumni

Anh Nguyen (Class of 2011) participated in a clean up activity last Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City with a group of friends. He wrote in to share:

Fun? Yes
Tiring? Yes
Disgusting? YES
Sustainable? NoI did a clean up today with an amazing group of people who wanted to do something good. Even strangers joined us after seeing our effort to make a change, no matter how small that change was. We met a person who was cleaning up before us, saying that he couldn’t imagine doing it himself. With the amount of trash in Vietnam, I don’t think any one person can do it themselves, but if we get together and do this as a fun activity, we can all enjoy a cleaner environment.
It starts with small steps. The #trashtag challenge has been started by an online trend, and it is the only online challenge I have done, because I really believe it does good, and hope that it doesn’t stop until Vietnam can be the cleanest country in the world #vietnamvodich. 
Littering is a big problem, and cleaning up like this is not a sustainable way, it is akin to treating the symptoms and not the cause. Cleanups like this only make a difference, when the littering stops. While we were cleaning up, there were already people throwing trash right next to us. The solution to the problem of littering is to overcome the inconvenience of cleaning up for yourself. When you throw plastic on the street, know that it will stay there and your children will be living on trash in the future. 
I want Vietnam to be clean for one simple reason. I love this country, it’s beauty and charm. So I challenge you, dear reader, to get friends together and do a few sessions of clean ups. And tell your neighbor to not throw that piece of trash on the ground.”

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!

Parent Election 2019

The Board of Directors would like to invite all parents to consider running for the current open parent-elected position on the Board. Nomination/registration for the parent elected position is open until March 29th at 12 noon. Parents can find more information about the work of the board, the role of a board member and the election process including registration HERE.

Anyone considering this opportunity or who would like to understand in greater detail the work of a Board member are invited to attend an Information Session About Board Service on Wednesday 27th  March at 6.30pm, B7, room G015, Conference Room in the Admin Building.

Board Chair, Dr. Amie Pollack (whose first term as parent elected Board member will expire at the end of June) has decided not to re-run in the parent election. She has expressed her interest to serve the Board in the capacity of a Board appointed position to be determined in May following the election.

We are very much looking forward to receiving a wide pool of applicants for this open parent elected position.

If you have any questions, please contact Maeve O’Donovan, Board of Directors Administrator,  bodadministrator@unishanoi.org

Library soon to open on Saturday – Find out more…

Hello UNIS Hanoi parents –

The SCO and the UNIS Hanoi librarians, Monica and Deborah, are pleased to announce the opening of the main library on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:00pm. There has been great interest from all sectors of the UNIS Hanoi community to have a library that is accessible at times when families are on campus for weekend activities. The hard work of many people in our community has enabled this vision to become a reality and we’re very excited to finally be getting it off the ground.
Mark your calendars for our opening date on SATURDAY, APRIL 13!
In this initial phase, the library will be staffed by one UNIS staff and with the help of 1-2  parent volunteers. Sign up is now open for parent volunteers here. Sign up is for one-hour slots, but signing up for more than one hour is very much encouraged.
All parent volunteers will undergo a training with our wonderful librarians. The first training is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 8 at 9:00am in the library. If you cannot make the training, please contact ES librarian, Monica Mayer, to arrange a suitable time.
Even if you don’t have an exact date, but are interested in volunteering at some point, please plan to join the training. To get an idea of the number of parents who will attend the training, please RSVP here.
Thank you for supporting the UNIS Saturday library!

School on the Boat Island Fun Run

Run for fun and to support Grade 8 Service partners School on the Boat

Sunday, 31st March

10km 1pm 350,000VND

5km 2pm 200,000VND

2km 3pm 50,000VND

Registrations available at the Spring Fair and online at https://www.schoolontheboat.fr/single-post/2019/02/15/Island-Run-3rd-edition-

More details

https://www.schoolontheboat.fr/single-post/2019/02/15/Island-Run-3rd-edition-

Geoff Piggott:  gpiggott@unishanoi.org

Milene Magre: mmagre@unishanoi.org

Our Alumni

Linh Lan Dover Arthur (Class of 2002) and family is coming back to Hanoi this April to deliver the funds raised at her wedding in support Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
As part of her wedding celebration on 16 March in Sydney, Australia, instead of gifts or money, Linh Lan and her husband Ben set up a personal fundraiser on a crowd raising platform and asked the guests to donate to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, hoping to raise AUD 1,603 to mark the date.

The couple proudly shared that AUD 7,000 was raised as a result, “We are very happy that this money will go to helping street kids, and those affected by trafficking, AIDS and disabilities as well as help put those in need through school and rehabilitation.” Linh Lan and Ben and their children are living in Australia. They plan to be back in Hanoi this Spring for a small celebration with friends and family in Hanoi and to deliver the funds to Blue Dragon.

Every week we feature a short profile of one of our global alumni in Tin Tuc. UNIS Hanoi is connected to 55% of all alumni students, families and faculty with our very own world wide web connecting UNIS Hanoi in the four corners of the globe!